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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1985-04-06


Topics Live concert


Feel Like A Stranger, They Love Each Other, Minglewood Blues, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Mama Tried, Big River, Big Railroad Blues, Looks Like Rain-> Don't Ease Me In China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Drums-> The Other One-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: One More Saturday Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source Master Audience Cassette>DAT>CDR

Notes

Master Audience Cassette>DAT>CDR; Missing OMSN encore; via Raoul; Seeded to etree by Steve Barbella

Reviews

Reviewer: Paul0909 - - November 8, 2011
Subject: Garcia in mid to late 80's
Jerry was simply never the same post 1983-4. I was fortunate enough to see shows starting at 17 in 1980. Rochester Memorial Colleseium,9.2.80 was 1st and best.I too have been blown away by these archive sites. Awesome to go back in my life and track down my show experiences. Road tripped in college from Canton NY w/some college bros, saw all 3 Spectrum shows. Yes, the Spectrum was a dump. But the parking lot was a Zoo. Agree that Garcia was ill and not sharp in the late 80's.
Reviewer: Rich D - - April 6, 2007
Subject: Feel Like a Stringe-bag!
Not a bad download - Sound is decent! Jerry voice all haggard never bothered me too much. The band is on this night.

Feel like a stranger is excellent!
Reviewer: Hitbound - - August 27, 2004
Subject: I was there!
Hello, everyone. Yes, it is true. I was at the Philly shows in 1985. I drove there with 3 friends of mine from Columbus, Ohio. I was going there to meet a friend from Minneapolis and his 12 friends. We stayed at the Hershey Hotel in downtown Philadelphia. My tickets were waiting for me when I got there. My friends never did get tickets. So I went to the 3 shows with my new found friends. My first show was August 2, 1982 in the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater. In Philly, I sat in the tape section, as usual. It was the Sunday show that I remember most. And, of course, the slow version of Friend of the Devil. For 20 years now, I have tried to get a tape of that show. My friend never sent me one. Many people have offered to get me a tape of this show. But to no avail. Of the 20 or so shows I did (including 2 that I was a roadie) the Sunday show in Philly and the slow version of friend of the devil has always stuck in my mind. The benevolent society of Deadheads was there, of course. They were always the real attraction for me. The Spectrum wasnt the best place for shows, I have always felt. Three shows in three days were hard on Jerry. The 1985 Philly shows were not his best.
But all it took was a few magic minutes from the band to make it all worth while. I didn't see Friend of the Devil listed here. I am going to download it in the hopes that it is on here somewhere. As always, it was the people who made The Dead so worthwhile to follow. Remember that in 1985, The Dead was still very much Avante Garde. The culture at large had not discovered The Dead, yet. By 1990, most of the fun was over for The Dead as cultural icons. Some may disagree. But for those of us who followed The Dead through the 80's, The Grateful Dead and their benevolent society of friends was a unique experience that will never be replicated. The 1985 Philly shows were as big of a cultural event as the 80's had to offer. What was great then was that most people didn't know who they were. But they found out. And none of us who were lucky enough to be there will never forget the love that the band and their friends showed to us all. Someday, we will all see Jerry in paradise. He won't be performing, of course. He will just be hanging out with us, remembering how much fun it was. Anyone with Friend of the Devil from the Sunday show (Easter) please email me at lmsconsult@yahoo.com. Or anyone that would just like to chat. I would love to have that song. As for the concert, I give it about a 7 as shows go. Except for that memorable song. It was a moment that I will never forget. We are coming slowly but surely, Jerry. When we get there, we would love to have a long talk ith you. And thanks. It was always worth the price of admission.
Reviewer: East Coast - - August 20, 2004
Subject: Awesome Beginning
I would say this was an awesome begining to an awesome 3 day run. Philli on Easter weekend really blew me away. Yeah, Jerry voice was rough but I have heard that before. His playing, however, was dead on. The China Cat/Rider is absolutley smoking on this version. Since it is an AUD recording, just listen and here the crowds reaction to Jerry's lead before going into I Know You Rider. Pure delight! You can't get that from the SBD version. I would not leave this show out if you are downloading any of these Philli shows.
Reviewer: Harold of the Rocks - - August 4, 2004
Subject: Jerry had no voice left
This was my 6th show, and it was the first time I had tickets to 3 nights in a row. I couldn't wait for these shows! I remember really enjoying this night because it was one of the 1st shows I had been to where I really knew most of the songs.

Unfortunately, Jerry's voice was just obliterated on this night. It's 100% Froggy Jerry. Listen to "looking for a shove in some direction" during the TLEO. Try not to wince in pain. I'd say Jerry's voice was a determining factor in ending the show with 4 Bobby songs (if you consider NFA a Bob song).

The playing is good, but the vocals are horrible. It's hard to recommend this one to anyone who wasn't there. You gotta be searching for something to want this one....
Reviewer: kayash11 - - April 15, 2004
Subject: Fun Show
Decent quality. No destortion. It'a a keeper
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